Rumors of new Microsoft flagship phones have been circulating for months and now its finally beginning to look like they’re a real thing that’s happening. Obviously, many of these rumors contain half-truths or are just plain false. Earlier Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft) announced that official Microsoft flagship was on their way, and now highly detailed information regarding these devices have appeared on Microsoft news site, Windows Central.

At the recently held Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft detailed its plans for Windows Phone based on Windows X. Microsoft put up its plans to make six devices in this year, two each belonging to the flagship, enterprise, and budget categories. The referenced phones are codenamed Cityman and Talkman. So, Starting with…

Naming Lumia 940 or 950???

  • Although the codenames are Cityman and Talkman these obviously won’t be their marketing names.
  • Marketing names are expected to be announced later this year.

According to the report, these two phones are still going by the codenames Cityman and Talkman internally.

Specifications

To be clear, the information contained below is confirmed with multiple sources and I have the highest confidence in its accuracy. However, like all leaks some of this should be treated with caution as plans can change.

Talkman (Lumia 950)

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  • Matte White or Black Polycarbonate Body
  • 5.2-inch WQHD (1440 x 2560) OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 808, 64-bit Hexa Core (Recently seen on the LG G4)
  • Iris Scanner (Infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of Internal storage with a MicroSD card slot
  • 20MP PureView rear camera
  • 5MP Wide-Angle front camera
  • 3000 mAh Removable Battery
  • Qi Wireless Charging with Flip Cover
  • USB Type-C

Cityman (Lumia 950XL)

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  • Matte White or Black Polycarbonate Body (Blue has been discarded by the Company)
  • 5.7-inch WQHD (1440 x 2560) OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa Core
  • Iris Scanner (Infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of Internal storage with a MicroSD card slot
  • 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
  • 1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod
  • Aluminum side buttons
  • 5MP Wide-Angle front-facing camera
  • 3300 mAh Removable Battery
  • Qi Wireless Charging Integrated
  • USB Type-C

Features

The most important feature of these devices will include is Iris Scanner.

  • Both the devices will have this Iris Scanner.
  • The hardware part of the Windows Hello feature in Windows 10.
  • So these devices will take probably half a second to unlock the devices.
  • This feature may or may not work when the devices first released.
  • For this to enable both the devices will need a software update that may come a month or two after the release.

Polycarbonate Material and Non-Metallic Body

Cityman-Mockup Each phone will feature a square Windows symbol on the rear of the device (Identical fashion to the one used for the Surface 3) and the Microsoft name will be prominently displayed above the screen on the front in the same way the Nokia name is used on their current phones.

The phones themselves will come in either a matter White or Black Polycarbonate Color variation and the up and down volume keys will interestingly be separated by the phone’s power button.

OLED Material, Flat Screen, Support Screen and Double-Click the wake Glance Screen

26791 The screen configuration this dual flagship 2K resolution OLED screen and support everyone wants to wake up the screen and double-click Glance Screen function. “Cityman” Although it is a flat screen, its four sides of the screen compared to other phone has a small layer of tall, I believe this may be related to the new touch sensor, we do not yet have further news.

Keep in mind that while this information is apparently very accurately and does correlate with other rumors we’ve been hearing, Microsoft has yet to announce any specific regarding their flagship phones at this time.

Hands-on-Experience

People who have seen the Cityman/Lumia950XL phone have had nothing but positive things to say and came away impressed. Specifically, this Lumia does not weigh much at all and is very compact considering it is packing a 5.7-inch Display.

In terms of hardware and design, both phones are meant to show off and highlight everything in Windows 10. They do not vary too far from current Lumia designs, but they do improve upon many of the shortcomings of previous releases. Smart Cover; but must be purchased separately. Pen Touch; is available and same as the smart cover it must be purchased separately.

Release Dates

Actual sales of the phones will likely begin in the October/November time-frame. However, Talkman(The non-XL Version) will likely go on sale first with the XL variant coming a few weeks later. In a press note CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed to employees that the will start using Talkman in the coming weeks.

Personally, I think these two new flagship phones sounds awesome and will be a great contender for the Android flagship devices but what do you think?? Are these specs enough to convince you to upgrade your Windows Phone?? Is there anything missing that you’d like to see added?? How about those codenames?? Is it time we moved beyond basic Lumia numbering?? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below and check back soon for more information on Microsoft’s new flagship phones as it breaks.


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